By: Shannon Persad
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About 2 Million Children Affected By Opioid Crisis
A new study reports about 2.2 million children by 2017 have been affected by the opioid crisis in the United States and will continue to grow.
Amongst daunting statistics from the United Health Fund (UHF) study, it also states:
“The children of the opioid crisis are likely to incur higher expenses than others during childhood – an estimated $117.5 billion in health care, special education, and child welfare spending – along with another $62.1 billion in societal costs during adulthood.”
The study suggests if the current trend continues, about 4.3 million children will be affected by 2030, with a cost of $400 billion.
How Did the Opioid Crisis Affect Children?
According to a report by the UHF:
“Parents’ opioid use is the primary reason children are affected by the crisis – whether they’re living with an addicted parent or have been removed from their home, or their parent is incarcerated or has died of an overdose. An estimated 170,000 kids had opioid use disorder themselves or had accidentally taken the drugs in recent years, the analysis says.”
Children living with parents who are suffering from opioid addiction are considered an “adverse childhood experience” which has been hypothesized to be the reason for childhood addiction. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating “about 61% of adults have experienced at least one ACE, while nearly 1 in 6 reported four or more types.”
U.S. News has compiled the data from UHF’s report, showing a plotted chart of each state’s statistics. In 2017, an average of 28 children were affected per 1,000. The most was California, which was 196,000 even though the statistics showed 20 out of 1,000 children were affected.
States like New Jersey are also shown, where 32 per 1,000 were affected, totaling 68,500.
Source for chart: U.S News
It is unfortunate that children have been caught in their parent’s opioid addiction, deterring their future.
Even with the government funding states $1.8 billion, is this enough to stop the opioid crisis?
If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction, seek professional help now.